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flying on an airline and that the britt planned to detain him. the u.s. government was told by the british. we haven't been told who in the white house was told but clearly the u.s. not condemning this action. i think it makes a lot of people wonder would this kind of thing happen here? do you have any sense to the answer to that question? >> good question. the answer is yes. the u.s. can do something
listen to this exchange. >> reporter: can you state with authority that the u.s. government has not obtained material from the laptop the british authorities confiscated from glenn greenwald's partner or any of the personal devices they also confiscated. >> i'm just not in a position to talk to you about conversations between british and american law enforcement officials. >> so you can't rule out that the u.s. hat.
the answer is yes. the u.s. can do something similar at u.s. airports and boarders. government officials can check bag, can ask people to turn on their laptops and take them and ton physical kay them for and that you if they find something suspicious, they can keep them indefinitely. once official tells me we never have less freedom than when crossing an international border here. thank you for that report.
the u.s. hat. >> that was provided by the british government. again, this is something that we ind but it's not something that we've requested. >> now, breen and a, the white house clard -- they were notified once miranda's name appeared on a list that he was flying on an airline and that
the situation. i think he's waited too long to address it, and at this point i think it's wise for us to reassure the american public. certainly congress should be involved in this. we should set up additional protections. but most of this work is done overseas anyway. and most of it is done to protect our assets overseas, certainly our troops in afghanistan, to protect our embassies, to protect our allies in europe and in central asia and the middle east. and i think all of that should be explained more forcefully by
from edward snowden, detailing the $52.6 billion, let's call it, black budget, of the u.s. intelligence community. this was always kept secret, how this money was spent. it's now been out there. what, if any damage, do you believe was caused by this report? >> we'll have to see. i read the story that was posted, all right? and that talks in general figures, what the cia budget was, what the nsa budget was, and so on. that causes some harm, but not a great deal of harm. you go to the website and start clicking on things and get down to specific operational
second term, if only he can overcome some major diplomatic hurdles. as the u.s. moved closer to military action, president obama interrupted his deliberation over syria to mark an historic milestone, the 50th anniversary of martin luter king's "i have a dream" speech. the words belonged to the ages. >> unmatched in our time. >> reporter: it was one of the only few public appearances for the president, who has little time to spend away from the white house. any decision to strike syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons is growing more complicated by the day. over at the u.n., syria's ambassador sounded the alarm and accused rebels of launching their own gas attacks. >> we are in a state of war, preparing for the worst scenario. >> accusing russia of blocking u.n. action. >> we cannot be held up in responding by russia's continued intrance jens at the united nations. >> the british may require the u.n. to present its evidence. >> it is understandable that people want to see what the u.n. inspectors say. >> reporter: a white house official sell the president is spending a lot of time
a worldwide travel alert for all u.s. citizens. it is taking the extraordinary precaution of closing 21 embassies and consulates across the middle east and africa. what are you finding out? >> credible and serious, it goes beyond that. u.s. officials telling us this is more, more than the normal stream of chatter they get about potential attacks. they have been following a stream for months now in yemen. in the last few days it grew. it became more mature, in their words. more specificity. that has led to the state department taking the action of shutting down the embassies across the region. there is particular concern about the u.s. embassy in yemen through about next tuesday. concerns about all u.s. embassies across the region. we are coming to a series of holy day as the islamic month of ramadan ends. they believe tensions will be rising. there is some difference of opinion within the u.s. intelligence community how much of this is just about yemen and how much is about the region as a whole, but no difference that it is very serious. >> the 3rd and 6th of august. those are critical
chemical weapons were used and there must be accountability. also, desperate efforts under way right now to save yosemite national park from an historic wildfire that's already scorched an area the size of chicago. and a rare interview with the oldest justice on the u.s. supreme court. why ruth bader ginsburg said this court is, quote, one of the most activist courts in history. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> jarring words by secretary of state john kerry. the white house says there is very little doubt the syrian regime is responsible for that attack and president obama is now evaluating how the united states plans to respond. it all comes on the same day u.n. inspectors, despite sniper fire, managed to visit one of the areas that was hit. those findings are also being reviewed. cnn national political correspondent jim accoosta is working story from the white house. what do you know, jim? >> reporter: as secretary of state john
joining us. i'm don lemon. we're continuing our special coverage of the syria crisis. you're watching cnn live. you saw the president today. president obama transforming syria's civil war transforming it into a tdomestic issue and putting his own credibility on the line. he will seek congressional authorization. >> that's why i've made a second decision. i will seek authorization for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress. for the last several days we've heard from members of congress who want their voices to be heard. i absolutely agree. >> the president's decision has opened a whole new conversation here in the u.s. over what to do about syria's civil war. support and opposition for the president's call to action crosses all political lines. members of both parties have lined up in support but vocal opposition is strong. >> i'm troubled by the justi justifications the obama administration has put forth so far. much of their discussion has concerned what they describe as international norms and they have suggested that the u.s. military sh
was gaining momentum, there are now new calls for caution. dozens of u.s. lawmakers want president obama to seek formal authorization from congress before an attack. congressional leaders will be briefed by the administration during the next hour. britain's prime minister is facing parliamentary resistance to a strike in an emergency session of the house of commons. they're meeting right now. and france wants to wait until u.n. inspectors finish their job. let's begin our coverage with our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, have things over there hit a snag? >> wolf, you will not hear that publicly from white house officials who say they remain on what they call a compressed time frame for delivering a response to syria and they say intelligence assessment backing up that action will be delivered to the public as soon as today. in the face of more questions from congress and key u.s. allies, the obama administration says it's determined to send what it calls an unambiguous signal, not just to syrian leader bashar al assad but to the world. >> it's also important for our to
the case for u.s. military action. horrific new video surfacing showing another -- another attack in syria, this time involving a school and an apparent incendiary device. and my interview this hour with senator rand paul. he questions the goals of a strike on syria and says the president should not act without the support of congress. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." the united states government today declaring its high confidence that the u.s. did carry the devastating chemical attacks that killed 1,400 people, more than a third of them children. an intelligence estimate says the u.s. was able to track preparations by syrian chemical weapons personnel and the tomb firing of rockets. president obama today insisted he has not made a final decision on how to respond, but he also made it very, very clear the u.s. is preparing for what he describes as a limited military strike, even if the united states has to act alone. >> a lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it. >> sec
normal schedule. tom forman joins us with the latest details. >> reporter: wolf, with all the other news breaking in washington today, this caught many people far off guard that the news that the former president had a heart health scare. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: in office and out, george w. bush has been regarded by many as the most fit president ever. he took up mountain biking at the suggestion of his doctors and even though he's had cuts and bruises along the way, he's been pedaling of since. he now hosts an annual ride honoring wounded soldier covering 60 miles at a stretch through the texas countryside. >> for me it's one of the most uplifting experiences i've had in my adult life, probably my whole life. >> reporter: it's not just cycling. the former president has enjoyed running, swimming, golfing, weight lifting and hard labor on his ranch. his annual physicals while in office found him in excellent health with, quote no, history of hypertension or diabetes and with low to very low coronary artery disease risk. >> thank you so much for inviting our rowdy friends to my hanging. >> re
on the bandwagon and they used the word in their song "get low," which shot to number two on the charts in 2003. it's been used in countless other hip hop songs ever since. mile liy cyrus did not become t poster child for this until this year when she posted videos of herself doing the dance. because of this, we can't even give her points for originality. i turn it over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >>> we're talking about what appears to be an inevitable strike against syria. we'll talk to it about john mccain. >> and george zimmerman asks for thousands of dollars in legal costs. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." military retaliation for syria's chemical weapons attack appears to be a matter of when, not if. u.s. forces are said to be ready to go, only awaiting president obama's order. the commander in chief has been consulting with allied leaders by phone and now the white house is offering some clues about what the looming strike will and won't entail. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta has the latest information. what are you hearing over there, jim? >> r
a looming terror attack. u.s. troops are or heightened readiness and 19 diplomatic posts are closed for the rest of the week. >> alex rodriguez is suspended through the end of next year's baseball season. and will chelsea clinton now run for office? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the breaking news. an intercepted from al qaeda's top leader has intelligence agency scrambling to pick up details about a possible attack. 19 consulates across africa will remain closed all week. the epicenter of the global alert is yemen. adding to the concerns, prison breaks that have freed hundreds of terrorists. u.s. military is now on a heightened state of readiness. barbara, what can you tell us about how the u.s. found out about all of this? >> wolf, what set off alarm bells nsh t bells, in the last two weeks they intercepted a message from ayman al zawahiri and another man, nasir al wahayshi, just pointed zawahiri's deputy the message from zawahiri said do something, do it big, do it now. that set off huge alarm bells because al qaeda in yemen has been successfu
strikes against targets worldwide but are they ready? a critical u.s. unit fails a key inspection. >> the federal government files suit to block creation of the world's largest airline. what's behind the surprise move? >> and anthony weiner just revealed hillary clinton's own political plans. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with breaking news. a u.s. air force unit responsible for nuclear-tipped missiles which could be fired at targets around the world has just failed an important test and it's not the first such failure this year. let's go straight to barbara starr. she's got the details. what are you learning, barbara? >> reporter: the air force now says that one of its nuclear wings responsible for one third of the nation's intercontinental nuclear ballistic missile has failed a safety and surety inspection at its base in montana. this inspection was conducted over several days. they say there were several tactical errors. they will not tell us exactly what those errors were. they say that that is classified. wolf, this is the second major problem
make things up with teeny disclosure will become the norm? >> the spokesman told us that they explore the what-ifs in the world. we stand behind all of our content. that's it for "the lead." i will turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." mr. blitzer? >>> happening now, relations with russia. president obama calls off a meeting with president putin. and you have 15 years, oprah winfrey returns. the butler, racism in america, and the success of her own cable network. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama formally canceled the meeting next month with president putin. why? because of russia's offer of asylum to edward snowden. that is just the tip of an icebe iceberg. let's go live to our chief white house correspondent jessia yellin. she has all the latest for us. >> wolf, for a while the u.s. tried to reset relations for russia. if the administration had big hopes to reduce nuclear stockpiles or agree on how to press iran and syria for civility in the middle east. thanks to the breakdown in relations over edward snowden, n
. happening now, the bloodbath rages on in egypt. plus, chilling new threats against u.s. ambassadors around the world, purportedly from al qaeda's american-born spokesman. you'll see the video. and a-rod gets beaned on the baseball field as sentiment against the embattled yankee reaches a fever pitch. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm brianna keel keilar and you're in the situation room. >> another day of deadly bloodshed in egypt. rocket propelled grenades struck buses at the gaza border. the death toll in the past week close to a thousand people including civilians and security personnel. the carnage has prompted amnesty international to call for an investigation into the, quote, shocking loss of life and the pressure is mounting on the united states to do more. ni nick. >> you said the u.s. is promising to do more. we have heard the state department yesterday saying the death of 37 being suffocated by tear gas was suspicious. we have been looking into the five hellish days that activists say was the life of one of those prisoners. this is what happened with police first got old -- five days
last "no talking points" segment i suggested five things some of the black community could use to fix some of our own problems -- dress appropriately. stop using the "n" word. respect where you live. finish school. plan for a child or stop having them out of wedlock. these are by no means cures for racism or bigotry. yet the response was so overwhelming i was even asked about it on "the view." what i was saying was not how you end racism. i was saying self-empowerment. how you help yourself because you have to -- there are issues in the african-american community that go beyond white people. right? you can fix things yourself. >> so, to suggest that that conversation was about how to end racism is disingenuous at the very least and a deflection, because there are always things that we can do to help improve our own condition as individuals or a group. so i'm not going to make excuses by deflecting attention to a false narrative or equivalent. oh, well white people do this! i didn't do that last time on this subject and now two weeks later people are still talking about it. good. missi
'd expect us to do. yeah, there is a significant threat stream and we're reacting to it. >> the embassies will be closed, and there's a travel alert for americans traveling abroad. there's some understanding of the seriousness of the threat. >> well, let's delve in these embassy closures a bit deeper. tom fuentes joins us. he's our law enforcement analyst and former assistant director of the fbi. tom, 22 embassies and consulates will be closed as of tomorrow. the u.s. government is announcing that. why not close them immediately? >> well, i think the reason was because the threats that they intercepted were pretty date specific as to the end of ramadan, which is tomorrow, sunday. so i think that's why they didn't close them sooner, and actually in those countries the embassies would have already been closed on friday and saturday, the muslim holy days. so their weekends are basically friday and saturday. sunday is essentially the equivalent of monday in the west. it's the first day of the workweek. so closing them on sunday means closing them for the first day of the workweek, which coinc
'll follow closely. thank you so much, ed for your ongoing reporting on this case. and joining us on the phone from mckinney, texas, is leila willingham, her brother, jason dean hunt, was killed in the fort hood shooting massacre. leila, our hearts and thoughts go out to you and your family at this time. what are your feelings now that you have heard this verdict? >> just not a surprising verdict at all. he admitted at the beginning of the trial, he was the shooter. a guilty verdict is not surprising. >> talk to us for a moment, your brother jason. he served in iraq. he was 22 years old when he was killed under 4 years ago. i imagine this is hard for you to talk ta bout. what would you look people to know about him? >> the people who love him remember him for who he was. a very neat, loving, very smart, intellige intelligent, sweet human being. who was very proud of what he accomplished in the military. and was very happy to be doing what he loved. >> you heard the reporter say a moment ago, army major nidal hasan's attorneys believe he may want the death penalty so he can be seen
and one person is in custody. cnn's david mattingly is in decat decatur, georgia, joining us with the latest. what can you tell us? >> we just heard from the police chief of dekalb county, georgia. there was a single gunman described at 19 years old. he gained entry through the locked doors of the school by following someone else in. he immediately went to the school office carrying an ak-47 and some other weapons, we're told, but definitely an ak-47. from that position and after authorities arrived after initial calls, he exchanged gun fire. he fired about a half dozen shots at authorities outside the school and then authorities then returned fire. after that he gave up without incident. but it was a terribly scary time there at the school. many of the kids were taken outside. some were sheltering in place in their rooms. they are now being released back to their parents. that was a long process in itself. and what we're looking at right now is a lot of anxious parents very relieved but also very upset to find out how close this came to being a very deadly situation. no moti
found on dimaggio, the suspect, after he was taken down a long gun and a handgun. the sheriff telling us off camera he had a shoulder weapon and he fired once. clearly the fbi returning with lethal force. if you've seen the video, they went into the mountains armed to the teeth with automatic weapons. we understand that hannah is in california. her father will speak soon, momentarily. as you pointed out earlier, detectives telling us that hannah and had no idea that her little brother and her mother had been killed, wolf. >> the fbi was able to track them down from the air and on the ground, but all of this came from a tip from some local folks out there. explain what happened. >> well, these country-wise folks, including a former sheriff, said it was a one in a trillion chance in this massive wilderness area, they were on horseback when they came upon this couple, a young girl and dimaggio. of course they said they just stood out there in the idaho wilderness. let's take a listen. >> when we went to the lake and they showed up at the lake and they were just like a square peg going into
to confirm that chemical agents were used. our frederick pleitgen is getting rare insight in syria and joins us with the latest. >> reporter: i haven't had very much time on the ground yet but i am trying to get to the bottom of what happened during the alleged chemical weapons attack. i was able to go to a government-run hospital, a hospital that had taken many of the casualties from that alleged attack. take a look at what we saw. these images continue to shock the world. syrian opposition groups are saying the videos are evidence the assad regime used chemical weapons in a damascus suburb and many around the world are calling for tougher action. here in the streets of government-controlled damascus, many say they don't believe their military resorted to the use of nerve agents. the government would never use chemical weapons, this man tells me, because bashar al assad is part of the country, they've grown up here, they're syrians. i believe if anything was hit, it was the free syrian army, this man says. there appeared to be an operation under way wednesday with planes dropping bombs and
for coming in. what's the latest you can tell us? >> he had that information correct. it is 10,000 acres. it's a bit hotter today, those winds are really pushing and it's moving east into the desert area and we're getting a a lot more areas threatened. >> how much progress have you made today? >> the firefighters are working hard on the ground to get the containment number. it's just been a challenging day out here with the winds and the hot, dry temperatures. >> are residents safe? how have the evacuations gone? >> the evacuations have gone very well. the communities that were impacted yesterday were hit very quickly, very early on in the fire. they barely had time to get out thereof. many of them had to shelter in place with the deputies that were there to help evacuate them because the highway was cut off and they were not able to exit either direction. today we have got some orders and warnings for evacuation for some new communities closer to palm springs and, again, that pushes to the east and to the north into the -- or the south into the wilderness with the international forest. >> s
>>> the nsa broadly and illegally collected sweeping internet communications here in the u.s., and misrepresented the scope of that effort. >>> plus sentencing for the man charged in the largest leak of classified material ever in the history of the army. >>> and if you're planning to travel abroad, you like your hair? beware. we will explain just ahead. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm brianna keilar, you are in "the situation room." the obama declassified a secret court's opinions which revealed the agency was broadly collecting americans' internet communication here in the united states, and misrepresenting the scope of that effort. cnn justice reporter evan perez has the story, and he joins us with details. it has points inside the united states where it can look at and monitor e-mails and other internet traffic, and what it was doing was beyond doing the collecting of foreign intelligence, is what they're supposed to be doing, trying to prevent terrorism, there were also incidentally, mistakenly they say, collecting domestic information. this is a big no-no. this is not wh
. cnn's david mattingly is on the scene for us, joining on the phone. >> reporter: wolf, i understood how close so many lies came to being taken in this crash. the pilot and the copilot we're told died in the impact of this crash, but this plane landed or crashed in an open field about a half mile from a neighborhood. that sounds like enough breathing room, but this plane actually came in very low, taking out the tops of trees in neighborhoods, taking out power lines, actually coming within feet of hitting certain houses on its descent down into that open field. what we're waiting for right now is the national transportation safety board. they've been on the scene for hours this afternoon, looking at the wreckage. they were supposed to have a press conference very soon. it appears, looking at the wreckage, that it should not be a problem to recover the cockpit voice recorder and flight dada recorder, the two important sources of information,'s they go about trying to find out what happened. we've talked to people who lived on the ground that had this jet fly over them this morning. th
, the people who know better, be failing them and how can we help them? young people, can you help us help you? that's tonight, "no talking points. >>> i want to bring in two panelists that know a lot about the situation. psychology wendy walsh is in los angeles and columnist el si e granderson is here in new york and he is serious about this. am i being too hard on them m. >> what do you mean by them? are you speaking about us? are you speaking about the person raters? i mean, you have to define the "them" first? >> am i being too hard on the parents, first of all? >> as a parent, no. the reason why i say this is because you oftentimes see parents very -- taking credit when the kids do good. you know. smiling, being there, for the graduati graduation. being there in case the kid win as sporting award or scholarship. parents are quick to be present for that. what we aren't seeing are parents being quick for the kids who aren't messily doing things that society approves of. when are you going to show up for those moments as well? >> quickly, am i being too hard on the youth? >> no. i don't thin
were killed in clashes yesterday, thousands were injured leaving the country reeling. fred joins us live from cairo. what did you see today on the streets of the egyptian capital? >> reporter: hi, wolf. the emotions here still absolutely charged in cairo. what happened today is i went to a mosque in cairo. what was in the mosque was a lot of the people killed in that crackdown that happened yesterday. there were supporters of mohamed morsi who told us as many as 500 bodies were inside that mosque. we didn't get the chance to count them because there were people coming in, trying to take the bodies of their relatives out for burial. of course these people were grieving and they were very angry. the muslim brotherhood was saying when that crack down happened, they were caught off guard and were in disarray but they say they are going to be back. we saw some of that around cairo. there was an administrative building attacked by pro-morsi supporters that had to be evacuated. it was also set on fire. tomorrow the muslim brotherhood is calling for large demonstrations here in cairo. the a
government surveillance but says he'll work to protect privacy rights. and a possible u.s. government shutdown. we have it all covered for you this hour. >> the hunt for the california amber alert suspect and the 16-year-old girl he may be holding captive moves to the idaho wilderness after horseback riders report a possible sight ing. >> and the great white sharks, imagine pulling one on to your boat. that's what some researchers are trying to do. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin this hour with president obama. he says america is not interested in spying on ordinary people. following leaks revealing massive government snooping programs, he says he's acting to boost confidence in national security, surveillance, working with congress to make it more transparent. >> i'm going to be pushing the i.c. to do, rather than have a trunk come out here and a leg come out here and a tail come out there, let's just put the whole elephant out there so we can see what's working and what is not. >> and he says skipping the meeting with putin is not solely because of edward
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. >> we have a lot more to show you from today's hearing and a lot to talk about. joining us in "the situation room," our legal analyst, jeffrey toobin and the prosecutor danny sal valos. jeff, if you get life in prison without the possibility of parole, what's is the point of adding another thousand years? >> it's really just symbolic, wolf. this is a life sentence. i think the prosecutors were worried about public criticism for not seeking the death penalty so they wanted to make as abundantly clear as they could that ariel castro will never get out of prison and this is how they did it. >> i'm not a lawyer but it suggests to me if you get life in prison without parole, there could be a loophole, that's why they add the thousand years. you don't have toer worry about that? >> no. in this state you don't. va it varies by state. >> i can't tell you how many people e-mailed me or tweeted me and said if you believe in capitol hill, this guy deserved it. why didn't the prosecutor go for the death center. >> well, i can't speak to that. i can say when it comes to life plus a thousand yea
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